Resources for Secondary School Advocacy

November 6, 2020 by Beth Sitzler

In his November NATA News column, NATA President Tory Lindley, MA, ATC, discusses NATA’s new Compromised Sports Safety in Secondary Schools program.

Through this program, athletic trainers who know of a school that has lost, or is in jeopardy of losing, its athletic training program or services can submit this information to NATA. After reviewing the information provided, NATA will reach out to the school or school district with information related to the importance of employing an athletic trainer for the health and safety of their student athletes and the risks that arise when an athletic trainer is not available for interscholastic athletic programs.

“This program demonstrates how NATA is working to support and advocate for our members, especially in regard to employment during this time,” Lindley wrote.

While NATA strives to advocate for the health and safety of youth athletes through the employment of ATs, individual ATs can advocate as well. The NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers’ Committee has created numerous resources ATs can use to advocate for themselves and the profession as well as show their value. They include:

NATA’s At Your Own Risk initiative also offers resources athletic trainers in the secondary school setting can use:


For even more resources related to the secondary school setting, visit the Secondary School Resource page.